Homicide-Suicide in Konya, Turkey Between 2000 and 2007

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Homicide followed by the suicide of the murderer is a relatively rare lethal incident in which an individual kills another person and subsequently dies by suicide. Cases involving a homicide and a suicide in which death examinations and autopsies were performed at The Konya Branch of the Forensic Medicine Council between 2000 and 2007 were retrospectively investigated. During the studied time period, there were 10 homicide-suicide cases identified with 10 perpetrators killing 12 victims. Nine of the perpetrators were men and eight of the victims were women. The precipitating motive was an impending divorce in four of the cases. Two perpetrators were described as severely depressed, one had a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, and one was a pedophile who had reactive depression. Firearms were used in eight of the homicide cases and seven of the suicides. Constricting the use of firearms may reduce/prevent future homicide-suicide cases, as it is the most commonly used method to carry out homicide-suicides.

Keywords: death; forensic science; homicide; suicide; typology; violence

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01239.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forensic Medicine, Meram Medical School, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey. 2: Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Duzce University, Duzce, Turkey.

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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